The 2020 campaign will mark his second full-time season with Go Fas Racing.
“I don’t know if everybody was expecting that because it took a little while to get done, a little longer than both sides probably would have liked,” LaJoie said on the podcast by Motor Racing Network. “I’m … super excited to go back.”
LaJoie said he told the team Monday that he would back with the organization.
“I’ve got a baby on the way and a lot of diapers to pay for and I need to be driving around in circles,” LaJoie said.
LaJoie has a one-year deal with the team.
“(Owner) Archie (St. Hilaire) likes doing one-year deals, which I think is OK because things can change periodically, right?” LaJoie said on the podcast. “I think this is a crazy, crazy time in the sport with people retiring or moving around. The best I can figure, there’s probably only legitimately seven or eight cars that have their drivers committed for 2021. Everybody else is up in the air. So hopefully I can position myself the following year to be in something really good. But I am concentrated fully on 2020 with Go Fas.”
A big difference for Go Fas Racing in 2020 will be its technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing.
“We got some Stewart-Haas cars coming into the shop today,” LaJoie said. “I’ve heard they’re going to get two complete cars. Rolling, no motor. … It will have current suspension, rear end, truck arms. I would hope it will be pretty close to what they would send to the race track. That remains to be seen. … They’ll definitely be better than the four-year-old Front Row-Roush cars … The newer cars we had were four years old.”
LaJoie said he’s actively looking for a new crew chief, as Randy Cox has moved on.
“We’re talking obviously with the Stewart-Haas Xfinity guys, nobody really knows what’s going to go on there,” LaJoie said.
LaJoie said he had a “couple other options” for 2020 including moving over to Front Row Motorsports.
“There’s lots of stuff involved in that, there’s lots of stuff involved in all the deals, I just felt like the best team to go with and the best continuity and the best relationships I’ve had was to go back to the 32,” LaJoie said.